Happy 2015! Plus, the Perils of Being a Slow Reader

January 22, 2015 Blog News 14


*peeks in*

Hello! Is this really my first post of 2015? I can’t believe it has been so long! ICYMI, my 2014 wrap-up post talked a bit about what has been keeping me busy. It’s been a long couple months with the Holidays, baby teething, and never-ending colds and sickness. Just when I think I might get back on track, reality hits. My lack of posts don’t mean I’m not reading though! I have written and scheduled 3 reviews for the next couple months. I know it doesn’t seem like much, but it is a start. Nowadays I feel like I am reading 3-4 books a month (see why those 3 reviews are great progress for me? lol), depending on the quality of the books and if they engage me enough to make the time needed to read them.

As someone who is a slow reader to begin with, made even slower with life’s current state, if a book isn’t catching my attention adequately, I tend to just stall out. I really hate to DNF (did not finish). I will if it is something I think I will dislike if I keep going, but sometimes a book seems semi-interesting, like I may enjoy it overall, but isn’t fully grabbing me right away. I want to finish it out and give it a chance, I do. And I think that’s my problem because I WANT to do that but I just end up choosing not to read at all. Does anyone else get like that? I actually did put one book aside a couple months ago after getting halfway. And again, I didn’t dislike it, it just didn’t grab my attention and make me want to pick it up so in turn I wasn’t reading as much as I wanted to, and I missed it.  I’m not sure if this is a phase because of my lack of reading time, or if it is because I am getting pickier the more books I read? I tend to enjoy most of what I do read. My book thoughts and reviews are based on how a book makes me feel and most of the time it’s a positive experience. So maybe even if the story seems okay I should let it go because I am obviously not feeling all that much? Is that easier said than done because I like to know how things end? lol

Right now my biggest worry is that it is me. That it is the ‘few pages here and there’ approach I got going on right now that is making my standards too high. I’m sure in many cases it is the book but is it also unfair of me to expect so much in the few pages that are all I can sometimes read in a day?  The last few books I have read have either been amazing or have been something I struggled to get through, with no happy medium. I hope it’s a phase because not every book can be as amazing as I hope it is when I start it, right?

So I guess my questions for you are:

  • If you are busy and have to read a book more slowly than you’d like, almost page by page, do you think it affects your overall feelings on the book?
  • If you are a slow reader, how do you stay engaged in a story?
  • Does a slow book make you stall out?
  • What makes you decide to DNF a book?

I sincerely hope I can get out of this funk. I miss reading. Feel free to rec me anything you found to be engrossing from start to finish!

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

14 Responses to “Happy 2015! Plus, the Perils of Being a Slow Reader”

  1. Nova @ Out of Time

    I am actually not a slow reader; quite the opposite. I’m a skimmer by nature. If I try to read slow, I end up forgetting half of what I read. It also makes the pacing unbearably slow [which totally isn’t the writer’s fault!]

    DNFing is different for every book. Some books I’m more patient wih and some, I refuse to give a chance. this can be because of mood or just because I’m not into it. I think it’s different for everything though.

    Great discussion!
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  2. Lekeisha

    If I can’t connect with a book as the days go on, I try to put it off and pick it up again. If it gets to be where I just don’t want to pick it up again, I DNF it. I think there were 3 DNF books in 2014. So far, this year, I’m finishing them even if I don’t particularly like the characters. The story itself is interesting enough to keep me reading.

  3. Cynthia

    I am a fast reader by nature. There is a difference between being a slow reader because you are busy and being a slow reader because you really have no urge to finish the book. There have been times when I am busy or whatever and can’t put as much time towards reading as I would like. This really does not effect my feelings on the book if it is a great story. But if I find that I am looking for other things to do rather than read, like doing the dishes for instance, then there is an issue with the book. I used to have the policy of ALWAYS finishing a book I start. But then I realized how much time I was wasting on bad books. Now I will usually give a book 50 pages or 3 chapters, whichever is longer. If it hasn’t grabbed my attention by then, I mark it as DNF.
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  4. Joy // Joyousreads

    Have you ever considered audiobooks? Such a great way to read while you’re doing chores! I find that it helped pull me out of a reading funk back in the fall, so I hope you’ll consider it. Last year, I only DNF’d two books, which is a rarity for me. Nowadays, I’m even more picky of the books I read, so that’s probably why. I give them two to three chapters before I drop them.
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    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      I’ve been told to try audio books for awhile but I just don’t know when I’d find the time to listen either. I always have to keep my ears open with the kids I watch all day, and then mine into the evening. 🙁

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      I don’t know when I’d have time to listen though! It seems easier to read a few pages here and there while the kids are playing than listening to something. 🙁

      Also, I miss you. <3

  5. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    I *thought* I was a fast reader until I started blogging and realized that there are people out there that read like 200 books/year!! That’s almost 4 books a week!!! YIKES… and I wish. I’m lucky to read 2 books per week… but usually it’s just one. My blog suffers so bad when I go into a slump because I don’t read enough to have all the back-up posts… so I totally feel you. I don’t think I’ve written one single review yet in 2015!! Wow… now I need to go blog!
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    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      OMG, right? I didn’t think I read slow until I saw these bloggers who can read a book in like 3 hours and do 200+ a year. Whaaaaat? lol I’m the same with backup posts. Being a slow reader kinda makes that hard to do. 🙁

  6. tonyalee

    You know me – I am not a slow reader. I can usually finish a 300 page book in a day. BUT, lately I have been because of work all that.

    I do feel like reading slow puts a strain on the relationship with the book (BAHAHA) I don’t know why that is.. maybe overall disconnect?

    I have actually been DNF more because I have been bored. My time is precious and I if I cant get into a book then I have to move on.

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  7. Jasprit

    Sara so great to see you back again!! I did have reading slump a few months back when I was too tired to do anything, when I did pick up a book I either ended up not enjoying it or just forcing myself to read it all. So I just went through a phase of re-reading some of my favourites and that did definitely help. I hope you’re able to pick up a great read soon! 🙂
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  8. Jen @ YA Romantics

    I can be a fast reader, but I’ve learned that when I can put a book down for days on end and have to psych myself into picking it back up that’s not a good sign.

    I do think that taking long breaks like that affects my reading — I tend to lose my connection with the book. Or maybe I lost the connection and that’s why I put it down in the first place?

    Anyway, great topic. I always love hearing your thoughts. Email me a picture of your adorable daughter sometime??

    Jen @ YA Romantics
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